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FOOTBALL: Huron nets overdue win over Jets (PHOTO)
Running back Ian Robinsin had 130 rushing yards and helped Huron beat Airport for the first time since 1984. After losing four of its first five games, Huron has now won two in a row. Photo by Tom Alexander
The 28-21 victory for the host Chiefs (3-4, 2-4 Huron League) was their first win against the Jets (3-4, 3-3) since Oct. 26, 1984.
“It’s a huge win, we haven’t beat those guys in a long time,” said Huron Coach Dan Kalbfleisch. “I’m proud of our kids for getting, in my opinion, one of the biggest wins we’ve had in a long time.”
Quarterback Matt Hartwick led the Chiefs with both his feet and his arm. The sophomore ran 18 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns and was 6-for-8 passing for 109 yards and a touchdown.
The scoring strike for Hartwick was a 30-yard toss to receiver Tyler Olson on the first series of the game, which gave his squad an early 7-0 lead, following the extra point by kicker Marco Marchionda.
Airport was able to even things up after a long drive ended in a touchdown for the visitors.
To break the tie, Huron running back Ian Robinson ran in a touchdown and gave his team a 14-7 advantage, which it would take into the half. For the night Robinson carried the ball 18 times and ended with 130 rushing yards and one touchdown.
In the second half, Hartwick scored both of his rushing touchdowns, but Airport was able to score twice, as well, and was still alive late in the game.
With four minutes to go, and Huron leading 28-21, the Jets were set up on the Chiefs’ 20-yard line.
Huron’s defense, which was without standout linebacker Justin Wolber, came up big and squashed Airport’s comeback hopes.
On defense, the Chiefs’ John Svoboda and Justin Collins both got their first starts of the season at linebacker. Kalbfleisch said the pair handled the duties well and put up impressive performances. Collins finished the game with nine tackles.
“They played really hard,” he said. “I’m real proud of those two kids for stepping in there and doing that.”
The victory for Huron was its second in as many weeks and keeps the team’s hopes alive for a winning season, after having dropped four straight games.
Up next for the Chiefs is a trip to Flat Rock Friday night to take on the Rams (0-7, 0-7). The following week, Huron will wrap up its regular season with a home game against Annapolis.
Last Updated: 10/15/2013 5:47:54 PM EST